Kevin Gausman has had his way with the Yankees in his past two starts, and on Saturday night at Camden Yards held New York to just two singles through six scoreless innings in a 2-0 Orioles win in front of an announced crowd of 30,855.
Matt Wieters is only 29 and he had been one of the better all-around catchers in baseball since debuting in 2009. But right elbow surgery in 2014 cost him much of that season and a chunk of 2015. He only caught 55 games this season, and never on three consecutive days.
The Orioles didn¿t get a deep outing form their starter, their offense piled up strikeouts and they again relied on the home run. Occasionally, though, that formula works ¿ and it did Tuesday in a 2-1 victory against the New York Yankees before an announced 30,785 in the Bronx.
Manny Machado records four RBIs, hits one of Orioles' three homers as club wins season-high sixth straight game, 9-4 over the Yankees, to pull within two games of first place. The Orioles improved to 31-30, moving back above .500 for the first time since they were 12-11 on May 3.
The Orioles have won four straight and six of their last seven as they open their three-game series against the division-leading New York Yankees. But tonight, they will face Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who recorded arguably the most dominating pitching performance against the Orioles last season.
Over the past three seasons, one of the foundations of the Orioles success has been their defense. But in recent days, it's becoming evident that the team¿s defense isn't up to the standard that manager Buck Showalter has set.
The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes.
Down, 2-1, in the bottom of the ninth after Darren O'Day served up a homer to Brian McCann in the top of the inning, the Orioles rallied with two runs on three doubles against Yankees closer David Robertson.
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club's ace.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was able to walk without help after Monday night's game against the New York Yankees. But he said he has no feel for what Tuesday's MRI on his injured right knee might show.
If you're looking for consolation after what had to feel like the most devastating loss of the season on Friday night, you might want to consider that the Orioles had no business even being in the game in the ninth inning.
Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox as the top All-Star Game vote-getter at his position in the American League, according to results released Monday by Major League Baseball.